Re­sults in tough month ahead will de­ter­mine Jan­uary spend

Nottingham Post - - SPORT - THE ALAN HARDY COL­UMN

AS Harry Kewell said in his post­match in­ter­view af­ter the game, our vic­tory over Mac­cles­field was cer­tainly not the pret­ti­est.

But re­sults are more im­por­tant than per­for­mances es­pe­cially when you are on a run like we are at present.

We are now five games un­beaten in the league, hav­ing won our last three against the Silk­men, Craw­ley and Crewe.

Af­ter en­dur­ing such a dis­ap­point­ing start to the sea­son, some­thing which we can all agree on, we are build­ing some fine mo­men­tum.

Of course, we would have looked to con­tinue that run this week­end, but we do not have a game as a re­sult of the in­ter­na­tional break.

It would have been nice to play at home again es­pe­cially with con­fi­dence con­tin­u­ing to rise af­ter the form over the last cou­ple of weeks.

But, un­for­tu­nately, Old­ham had three play­ers called up for in­ter­na­tional duty which meant the game had to be post­poned.

I know the play­ers, the man­ager and his staff would have pre­ferred to have had a game be­cause when you are win­ning, you just can’t wait for the next match to come around.

I am sure Harry will use the week­end to give his play­ers a break af­ter a hec­tic sched­ule which has left us near the top of the form ta­ble for the last five games.

I have been de­lighted with the strat­egy we have em­ployed to win those league games which has now helped us climb the ta­ble.

It’s abun­dantly clear to me the play­ers are adapt­ing to Harry’s philoso­phies as to how he wants the game to be played.

They are learn­ing from him all the time, they are ea­ger to ex­pand their knowl­edge and they are cer­tainly mo­ti­vated.

It’s very much a case of on­wards and up­wards now, and hope­fully, af­ter hav­ing a break this week­end, the play­ers will feel re­freshed ahead of what looks to be a tough trip to Bury.

But look­ing at the big­ger pic­ture, I feel Novem­ber will ab­so­lutely be a huge month in the con­text of the sea­son be­cause if we are suc­cess­ful, then it would set us up nicely for Christ­mas. It will also de­ter­mine our trans­fer strat­egy for Jan­uary be­cause I’ve no doubt the man­ager will want to strengthen the squad.

I’ve al­ways said and proved that I will back who­ever is in the dugout but we will have to see what our league po­si­tion is when it comes to the turn of the year.

I truly sense the team is on the rise and in such a tight divi­sion, in which any team can beat any­body on their day, that the team which goes on the most runs will find them­selves at the top end of the ta­ble.

We are al­ready in the midst of one which has given the play­ers con­fi­dence and some­thing they will no doubt want to pro­tect at all costs when we travel to Gigg Lane.

Hope­fully, we will come away with what is an­other pos­i­tive re­sult.

PIC­TURES: DAN WEST­WELL

Notts play­ers cel­e­brate their win­ning goal against Mac­cles­field struck from the penalty spot, be­low, by Jonathan Stead

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